While watching the impossibly cute characters in this week's 'Gnomeo and Juliet,' I couldn't help but think of the impossibly cute Travelocity gnome. You know, the helpful little guy who takes baths, lounges on the beach and promises that "you'll never roam alone"?
Of course, the adorable 3D movie gnomes don't traipse around the world doling out travel advice, but they do put their own unique stamp on the Shakespearean classic. And parents of young children should have no fear –- there's no traumatizing ending that will make the little ones weep. Emily Blunt and James McAvoy voice the two star-crossed garden gnomes, and Ashley Jensen ('Extras', 'Ugly Betty') is a delight as Juliet's goofy sidekick Nanette the Frog. Keep your ears tuned for 'Star Trek''s Patrick Stewart, who voices ol' Billly Shakespeare.
Gnomeo and Juliet reside in rival gardens: Gnomeo is a member of the "Blue" family, while Juliet is a "Red." The two families are in constant competition to have the best garden, and don't shy away from sabotaging each other. The two young gnomes meet in an abandoned garden nearby one day, and fall in love before realizing they're from enemy families. Naturally, their love story is fraught with many complications -– true to Shakespeare's classic tale.
I kept waiting for the Travelocity gnome to make a cameo, but alas, he did not. (He was probably busy working on his tan or brushing up on how to get upgraded to first class.) This isn't the first time a super-cute movie character has reminded me of an equally cute commercial counterpart. Here are my top five favorite movie characters that bear striking resemblances to charming corporate "spokescreatures."